Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Here, Marius Mensink tells us about his show Mick Jagger is my Nightmare which he’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 1.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
An excorcistic battle between body and mind.
Why Brighton Fringe?
I won the silver award at Amsterdam Fringe four years ago and got invited to come show it at Brighton fringe. I’m very excited to show this monster again. It’s been a while but I have the feeling it’s gonna be wilder than ever.
How did the show get to where it is today?
It started out as simple research, I performed it a couple of times in school. I didn’t really think it would go anywhere. Then someone said, ’you have to play the Fringe Festival with this.’ Then the show really got to where it is and after four years I’m still performing it. And it keeps growing, I love that, I start daring to go more and more into it.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
There’s a strange beauty to this piece, one that I don’t even fully understand. Something raw that happens and I don’t think audiences will easily forget.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I hope I get to see some of the local artists, I’m curious to see what they make. Also to give a shoutout to my fellow-dutchies, ‘Don’t worry Beyonce’. I wasn’t able to see them at Amsterdam fringe so hopefully now I’ll get the chance.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
The Fringe is one of the places where you go full always, whether it’s for three or a hundred people you’re performing for. There’s no holding back, so don’t go out on a limb.
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
Yeez what a question, I think the word I’d choose is ‘pain’. A critic in South Africa wrote about my piece that it was pain incarnate. I kind of liked that. It’s also what I feel when I perform it, especially the day after.
Mick Jagger is my Nightmare runs at Brighton Fringe on 4, 5 & 6 May 2018.
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed